Sir Clive Woodward’s list of the most talented rugby players ever would walk into nearly any team from any generation of rugby.
A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, prior to his full time coaching career Clive established a successful business career working for nine years with Xerox in the UK and Australia before establishing his own small finance and leasing company.
During Clive’s tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.
Using several articles and interviews with various sources from down the years, we’ve ranked Woodward’s five greatest players based on the players he bestowed with the most acclaim.
DID YOU KNOW? His playing career began with Harlequins in 1974 before switching to Leicester in 1979 following a spell at Loughborough University
5. Danny Cipriani (England)
“Cipriani is the only English number 10 of the past 20 years who, if I’d been coach and he had been up for selection at the same time as Jonny, could have caused big selection headaches.
“The Sale man’s skill-set is so complete. He poses an attacking threat with ball in hand and has a superb kicking game and world-class distribution. I think Wilkinson would have got the nod over him in the end but the fact I even mention them in the same breath shows how highly I rate Cipriani.”